Price, brand and basic specs. These are the variables that most people use to narrow down their choice of laptop. When it comes to general mobility, the weight plays a factor too.
If you’re thinking of buying a lightweight Sandy Bridge (2nd Generation Intel Core processors) laptop though, the bargain of the moment has to be the Lenovo here) it’s half the expected price of an Ultrabook. (*1). At about 500 pounds inclusive operating system and taxes (406 pounds before tax at Ballicom
Yes, there will be some subtle differences which make Ultrabooks ‘better’ but will they be enough?
- Core i5 instead of Core i3 bringing Turbo boost
- Intel Wi-Di capable and ‘always updated’ network hardware and software (and possibly bios)
- Simmer, lighter design
- Fast SSD storage
The key feature of the Ultrabook for me is the high dynamic range of compute power. I like that the Sandy Bridge platform works well for average daily computing at 800Mhz and I like the Intel Quick Sync Video processing that can really help 720p video editing and upload in mobile and time-critical situations. Yes, I would like the turbo boost feature and, 1kg weight and the fast SSD will enhance the experience a lot but I can’t justify that 2x spend right now.
Like the Samsung Series 3, the is approaching Ultrabook territory without the price tag.
(*1) Assumption is that $1000 Ultrabooks in the USA will translate to about £1000 when circa 20% sales tax is added in many European countries.